This story warms our hearts. We heard today that David Walliams posed as a penguin keeper to give an inspirational schoolgirl the surprise of her life.
The charitable actor disguised himself to tell Little Britain super fan Alice Pyne she has won a Pride of Britain award.
Terminally ill Alice, 16, touched hearts around the world with her internet motto: “One life… live it!”
The brave teen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 12, and her blog was a “bucket list” of things she wanted to achieve. She completed it earlier this year by going whale watching and attending her school prom.
Alice, from Cumbria, said her most precious wish was for everyone to sign up as a bone marrow donor.
Even during her gruelling treatment she never stopped campaigning – managing to get more than 40,000 to join the register.
Alice was on a family day out at London Zoo when she suddenly recognised one of the “keepers”. She said: “I didn’t notice David at first because he was wearing a uniform. And I was stunned when he told me I’d won a Teenager of Courage Award.”
Alice used to watch Little Britain on DVD in hospital to cheer herself up.
She said: “I didn’t tell David my mum thought it was silly – and I was also too embarrassed to do my great impression of Lou and Andy.”
David told Alice: “What you’re doing is incredibly brave. We’re all amazingly proud of you.”
On her Twitter @Alice_Pyne she revealed: “David was on my private bucket list! Don’t like people to think I am wanting more and more so easier that way :)”
David said on his Twitter: “Me and the amazing Alice Pyne. Find her story online, it’s truly inspirational.”
He added: “Yes I met a penguin… “
Alice tweeted David saying: “but I know it bit you “
To which David replied: “More of a nibble! Served me right for trying to pick it up!”
To which the brave girl said: “made me laugh though!”
This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here!